Skip to main content

King Henry IV, Part 1


Published April 19, 2008


LibriVox recording of King Henry IV, Part 1, by William Shakespeare.

King Henry IV, Part 1 is the second of Shakespeare’s eight Wars of the Roses history plays, with events following those of King Richard II. As the play opens, King Henry IV (formerly Henry Bolingbroke) and Henry Percy (Hotspur) argue over the disposition of prisoners from the Battle of Holmedon. The King’s attitude toward Mortimer and the Percy family prompts them to plot rebellion. In the meantime, his son Prince Hal is living the low life in the company of Sir John Falstaff. As the time of battle nears, Prince Hal joins his father and is given a high command. The play’s climax is the Battle of Shrewsbury, in which Prince Hal and Hotspur meet and fight, with Prince Hal and the forces of the King prevailing. The action continues in King Henry IV, Part 2. From the start this has been an extremely popular play both with the public and with critics. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden and Wikipedia)

Audio edited by Rosalind Wills

Characters:
Narrator/stage directions: read by Kalynda
King Henry IV and Douglas: read by Mark F. Smith
Henry, Prince of Wales: read by Max Porter Zasada
Prince John of Lancaster: read by Brian Edwards
Earl of Westmoreland: read by Larysa Jaworski
Sir Walter Blunt: read by Joshua B. Christensen
Earl of Worcester: read by David Barnes
Northumberland and 2nd Messenger: read by Lisa Wilson
Henry Percy (Hotspur): read by Michael Sirois
Edmund Mortimer: read by Scott Sherris
Scroop, Archbishop of York: read by Vin Reilly
Peto, Sir Michael, Chamberlain, and Travellers: read by Mockfrog
Owen Glendower: read by Denny Sayers
Sir Richard Vernon: read by David Muncaster
Sir John Falstaff: read by John Lieder
Poins: read by Jordan Schneider
Gadshill, Francis, and Ostler: read by Alan Clare
Bardolph: read by David Zezulka
Lady Percy: read by Cecelia Prior
Mrs. Quickly, Hostess: read by Rosalind Wills
First Carrier: read by Maria Morabe
Second Carrier: read by Ophelia Darcy
Servant: read by Katie Gibboney
Vintner: read by Lauren Tunnell Verdeyen
Sheriff: read by Heather Barnett
First Messenger: read by Laurie Anne Walden

For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording.

For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader, visit LibriVox.org.

Download M4B (78MB)


Source Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Run time 2:50:40

Reviews

Reviewer: PlanetPeace - - March 12, 2013
Subject: Understanding dialogue of Shakespeare
Reading/comprehending the text of Shakespeare can be daunting at times if your not sure of your speakers character and/or repartee with another. Such words as Capon {pron. Cape-on, as in fowl}...(not Cap-On)or the word Sirrah for Sir, I'm not trying to sound as if I'm the expert, but I know enough of the text for my ears to hurt when I hear such faux paz. I can almost assure some of the readers here have never seen this particular history play and it's not their fault.

Maybe do a bit of research online for "Explanatory Notes" in order to capture the essence and tongue of the speaker(s).

May I suggest shakespeare-online.com There you may find the hurley-burley and hugger-mugger of much learned details.
Reviewer: uriel81 - - March 7, 2009
Subject: OK, a little stiff but has multiple actors
"So shaken as we are, so wan with care". It's a-k.
PEOPLE ALSO FOUND
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by American Standard Version
39,721
0
0
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Lenore Elizabeth Mulets
843
0
0
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Herman Melville
12,919
0
0
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Helen Nicolay
2,557
0
0
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Jessie Graham Flower
2,709
0
0
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by D. H. Lawrence
2,443
0
1
( 1 reviews )
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Kate Langley Bosher
41,768
0
3
( 3 reviews )
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by H. G. Wells
7,368
0
0
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Martin Luther
14,997
0
0
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text